August 2021

‘Devious and manipulative sexual predator’ targeted victim playing Snakes and Ladders

A “devious and manipulative sexual predator” has been jailed after one of his appalling crimes involved a game of Snakes and Ladders which turned sexual.

Peter Hammond was convicted of causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity when the victim was aged four or five years in relation to that incident.

The child – who cannot be identified – had touched him inappropriately and, owing to her innocence at that time, had found that experience funny.

The girl did not tell anyone for a long time the crimes Hammond had committed.

But then she cried as she handed her father a journal which revealed exactly what Hammond had done and police were brought in.

He was also also found guilty in July of sexual assault of a child under 13 years, where he told the same girl to remove her top and cuddled her; sexual assault of a child under 13 years, where he touched her inappropriately over clothing.

Returning to Nottingham Crown Court to be sentenced on Friday, August 27, Hammond, wearing a suit and tie, and mask due to the pandemic, was told by Paul Mann QC, regarding the snakes and ladders incident: “You were targeting and taking advantage of a child who was vulnerable by reason of her age”.

He jailed Hammond, 62, of Lady Bay Road, West Bridgford, to a total of 68 months in prison, of which he will serve half and the remainder on licence.

Hammond was ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for life and be on a sexual harm prevention order, following his release from prison, for ten years. A restraining order was also imposed.

The child’s victim impact statement was heard where she spoke of experiencing nightmares and has difficulty trusting other people and forming friendships.

“I don’t want any other children to go through this because it is Hell,” she said. “I hate him with all my heart”.